Showing posts with label Crafting. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Crafting. Show all posts
About a month ago, Makeblock reached out to me and asked if I was interested in reviewing their latest product. So here I am, introducing the world's first laser and blade-cutting machine: the xTool M1.

This post is a bit different from what I normally share on my blog, but I'm very excited about it and I hope you are too because the xTool M1 is really COOL!

xTool M1 Laser and Blade Cutting Machine Unboxing and Review
I returned home from Disneyland about a month ago, and I have been going through a Disney withdrawal since. I've been watching walkthroughs of the park and listening to music that they normally play on Main Street, USA.

It's incredible what kind of effect Disney Parks have on me.

Disney people are my kind of people. There's something about that place where once you walk through the gates, it's suddenly OK to let your inner child free. In other words, I'm not ashamed to be a Disney adult.

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Once you step into the park, it's not silly anymore to wear mouse ears, sit in a pirate ship and fly above London with Peter Pan, or get excited to meet Mickey Mouse even though you know it's an actual person inside that costume. It even felt natural to wear a Minnie Mouse polka-dot dress out in public!

Disneyland Castle Family Photo
Not sure if you've ever been curious and just searched "clever business cards" or "business card designs" just for the heck of it, but there are some really neat ones out there!

When I was designing my business card, I knew that besides having information to visit my blog, I wanted them to also be functional as well! I searched all over the internet for inspiration and decided to go with something crafty to suit my audience's needs!

Did you know that this clever business card design can turn into a mini pompom maker?

How to make pompoms using a business card
Every now and then, the thought of getting business cards pops into my head. But then I think to myself, what am I going to do with them? Who am I going to give them out to?

Then, I had this amazing experience...

Creative Clever Business Card Ideas for crafters
Do you remember playing with these reusable sticker books from when you were little? They had these waxy/laminated pages where you can stick and peel off stickers without ruining/ripping them.

I really wanted to get one for BB so that she could have her own sticker collection one day! Right now, she just sticks them on me.

Most sticker pads I've encountered nowadays have the recommended age of 3 and up printed on them. However, from what I've read online, many parents introduced stickers at around 18 months (with supervision, of course) as activities to help build fine motor skills.

I personally love stickers, and couldn't wait to introduce stickers to BB as soon as I felt that she was ready for them. Mui Mui, unfortunately, is still a bit too young to appreciate them.

DIY Reusable Sticker Book / Sticker Album with Recycled Material
I didn't think much of Moana when I first saw the movie. But it definitely grows on you when your 3-year-old asks you to watch it with her three times a day. 

The movie is actually quite a masterpiece and the music is absolutely beautiful! I can listen to the soundtrack all day long!

We are heading on a family vacation to Hawaii this year and BB keeps saying that she wants to go look for the Heart of Te Fiti in Hawaii. I wish I knew where to look...?

She has been obsessed with little gems, rhinestones, and marbles for a long time now. So when there was a movie that centered around a glowing green rock, I am not surprised that she would ask for one. 

This girl just loves her bling!

Sadly, it's not exactly the easiest thing to find available commercially. But hey, I'm always up for a good DIY!

DIY Moana's Heart of Te Fiti Rock Oyumaru Plastic Clay
Terrarium Pendant Workshop at Soigne Atelier (Vancouver)
10 DIY Letter Board Tutorials
Christmas is almost here, which is followed by the new year a week later. Every year, I want to make it a goal of mine to start using a planner. I've bought many notebooks and planners in the past, but I always go back to using my smartphone for keeping track of my daily appointments and activities.

Lately, I've been addicted to looking at planners on Instagram. I'm admiring how people spend time decorating their planners. It must be so happy to write in such colorful planners. Unfortunately, I feel too frugal to spend all that money on stickers and washi tape on a planner that I may throw away once the year is over.

More recently, I found this journaling/planner system called Traveler's Notebook. The system is simply a journal cover with an elastic cord inside to hold notebooks and an elastic cord outside to keep it closed.

Midori is a stationery company that has made the Traveler's Notebook system famous. There are now many companies that make them. The ones that I love the most are fauxdoris made by many crafters on Etsy. They're often made using fabric and can have many designs.

However, one thing that really annoyed me about these Traveler's Notebooks was their size. In Canada, we can readily obtain the letter-size paper, which is 8.5" x 11".

When folded in half to make notebooks, it would be 8.5" x 5.5". Standard Traveler's Notebook inserts often are 8.25" x 4.3", which means that I would need to take out my paper trimmer each time I want to make inserts. That's too much work for me.

Therefore, I decided to create my own fauxdori so that I can use standard half-letter-sized notebooks. And because I made it, I'm going to name it Julidori. Feel free to name yours after yourself (yourname-dori)!

DIY Traveller's Notebook Midori / Fauxdori Journal Cover
One thing I love about having girls is that I get to dress them up! Only up until a certain age, I guess. Then they start having personalities and decide they want to pick their own outfits. 

But before that point, their outfits can be so versatile! I can dress them up in dinosaur prints, Pokemon costumes, or frilly princess dresses and they don't care. 

Well, maybe they do care, but they can't do anything about it!

No Sew Tutu Princess Buzz Lightyear Costume
BB started daycare during the summer shortly after Mui Mui was born. It was a difficult decision to put her into daycare because I had a year of maternity leave ahead of me, which meant I didn't have to go to work.

However, I just knew that there was really no way that I could take care of both of them on my own five days a week.

For the longest time, I was reluctant to put BB into daycare because she wasn't able to talk. At 20 months, we had an assessment with a speech-language pathologist (SLP) and found that she had a speech delay and required speech therapy.

By the time she started daycare at 26 months, she only had a handful of words and often needed prompting to say them.

I was always scared that if I put BB into daycare at the time, she wouldn't be able to tell anyone if she got hurt. Or perhaps even neglected because she wasn't able to communicate effectively.

However, I have heard from many parents about how their child/children learn so much from other kids at daycare. It gave me a lot of hope that BB will learn to socialize and eventually learn how to talk one day.

During our daycare orientation, the teachers asked us to create a "ME Book" for BB. This book can contain photos, cards, stickers, letters/notes, etc.

Anything that she may find comforting when she is having a difficult time saying goodbye or when she misses us anytime throughout the day.

We haven't printed out photos in a long time. In fact, I still have this empty picture frame I got from our honeymoon that I have yet to fill. After I had picked up the photos that night, I tried to sit down with BB so that we can enjoy them together.

Nonetheless, she was more interested in playing with my washi tape and trying to "feed" them to her bunnies.

I didn't spend a lot of time putting the ME Book together, but I was really proud of how it turned out.

It's very similar to smash booking which is merely a form of memory keeping. In comparison to scrapbooking, smash booking is kinda random and often doesn't require much planning and organizing.

For the ME Book, I basically taped down all the photos using washi tape and added some stickers from BB's collection as embellishments.

Daycare ME Book, Smashbook, Quick Scra pbook
BB looks like a little model from a catalog in this picture. I love it!

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